Jesus Christ is our Atoning Sacrifice!
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases (Lamentations 3:22).
I give great thanks to God for his faithfulness during 2014, our first year at Stone Hill. My fellow elder, Brian Dorini, who oversees finances, does as well. I’ve asked him to share his reflections.
Indeed we have experienced the steadfast love of the Lord in relation to finances during 2014, and we humbly trust in the same for 2015!
Praise for General Fund provision! We ended 2014 with a surplus of ~$45,000, despite a 13% increase in budgeted giving. Additionally, our total number of donors grew by ~23%. Clearly the gospel is impacting lives and reaching more people.
Praise for “savings” provision! Surpluses are the primary vehicle for funding our cash-flow reserves and other savings. These are critical liquidity needs. We are blessed to grow them as needed.
Praise for relocation provision! Our construction loan successfully transitioned into a mortgage, and we managed the loan so well that the bank gave us better terms on our mortgage, thereby saving ~$40,000/year. The “Expanding Our Serve” Campaign (EOS) had a successful launch, and we are in a position to pay off one of our two loans by the end of EOS (2017).
Excited to Serve! We hosted two seminars on biblical finances and now have trained Financial Coaches in our congregation that can serve any in need. We also added e-giving to our website to serve the many congregants who prefer to give electronically.
We remain prudent and faithful! We follow accepted financial practices, seek expert advice, and base our projections on sound financial data. From that position of strong fiscal responsibility, we step out in faith in 2015 with an 11% increase in budgeted giving.
My prayer for all in 2015: Honor the Lord with your wealth (Proverbs 3:9), for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also (Matthew 6:21). One way to do that is to give regularly throughout the year to the extent that you are able. But above all, remember to put Christ first in every area of your life, including finances.